Jack Wilshere joined West Ham on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.

Injuries ruined his first season with the Hammers, however. And it was a case of the same old story for the 27-year-old midfielder.

Optimism was high heading into the 2019/20 campaign though.

West Ham fans, Manuel Pellegrini and Wilshere himself were all expecting great things.

But the former Arsenal man’s display against Manchester City was a huge wake-up call and a reality check in its rawest and harshest form.


Wilshere was painfully off the pace. His first touch was heavy and cumbersome, and he was constantly found wanting when in possession.

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Jack Wilshere (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The Englishman is undoubtedly a real talent, but it could be argued that a decade of serious injures have caught up with him.

He still has two years remaining on his contract with the Hammers, so he does have plenty of time to turn things round.

Saturday’s showing against City was a worrying glimpse of what things could be like for Wilshere this season, however.

The talented midfielder could have been one of his generation’s finest players, but he has been dealt an awfully bad hand with regards to injuries.

West Ham fans will just be hoping that this season is different, but if Saturday is anything to go by, they could be in for more disappointment

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